November 15, 2010 at 05:00 AM EST
How to Predict – And Profit From – the Bursting of the Gold Bubble
Gold last week careened to a record high $1,414.85 an ounce in a surge that was sparked by the U.S. Federal Reserve's plan to purchase $600 billion of U.S. Treasuries in a second phase of quantitative easing (QE2) . The yellow metal may have yet more room to run, as uncertainty in the marketplace remains high and the dollar low. Still, at this pace gold is increasing too quickly to account for inflationary concerns. That's saying a lot, because there are some pretty serious reasons to be concerned about inflation. With these new rounds of quantitative easing, the massive debt loads the U.S. has incurred, and Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities (TIPS) going into a negative yield structure, you'd have to be a little off to expect stable growth.
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